Charmy's September 2014 LONG BEACH SHOW REPORT w/lots of Pics!!

It’s time once again for my favorite coin show – the Long Beach Coin and Collectible Show! It’s usually one of my better shows since I have a lot of regular customers in Southern California. However, for whatever reason, this show seemed somewhat lackluster and, although the opportunity to buy coins was abundant (which you will see later in this report), unfortunately it was one of my slowest selling shows. However, I have 6 more shows over the next several weeks so I am hopeful that many of my new purchases will find new homes soon!

The area around the Long Beach Convention Center is really pretty, right across the street from the ocean, with lots of restaurants and activities within walking distance.

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Taken from my car - while stopped.

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Set up day was uncomfortable for everyone because the large loading dock door was open and the bourse floor hadn’t yet been air conditioned. So the air was not only hot, but humid and so muggy that some people couldn’t wait to finish setting up so they could go to an air conditioned restaurant or back to their hotel room. But it didn’t stop the dealer-to-dealer business! Here are the newps I bought on Wednesday.

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Around 5 pm, PCGS hosted their usual taquitos and beer for the dealers – the cold beer was very welcomed by everyone!

After set up, we headed to our usual Long Beach Wednesday night dinner spot – Café Piccolo!

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We started off with our usual wine tasting where everyone brings a bottle of wine for everyone to taste.

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All the waiters and staff know us, are very attentive and helpful, and they even remembered what my favorite dish was – goat cheese chicken! I forgot to take a photo of my dish but this is the leftover.

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Me and Joanne Stephens

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My friends Rich and Ron Guth

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My dealer friends Karl Stephens and Alan Kreuzer – Alan is currently going through chemo and I give him huge kudos for driving from Northern California and setting up at the show!

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The aftermath of our wine tasting!

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Dessert!

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Thursday – Both the dealers and the public were anxious to get into the show on Thursday morning! The dealers waiting at the back loading dock door.

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The public waiting at the front lobby to get into the show.

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This reminded me of the joke “How do you tell when a coin dealer is on vacation? He puts all his chairs on the roof of his house!”

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On my way to the PCGS table, I ran into a forum member – Zach/CaliforniaCoinGuy – who stopped me and handed me this wonderful bottle of BV reserve!!

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This is the line I found at the PCGS table!

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Back at my table, a new Southern California transplant – Winston/Stone – stopped by to say hi.

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Thursday was really busy, but as I mentioned, mostly with buying coins. I sold a few coins but bought much more, including a couple pieces for my own collection. A dealer friend, Al Weinberg, sold me this very rare, very cool new piece for my penny exonumia collection – a goblet shaped encased Indian cent in nearly uncirculated condition!

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I also picked up this gorgeous rainbow toned 1934 Lincoln cent for my personal collection

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Later in the afternoon, Joe Wargo, brought over these two bottles of wine for everyone to share

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Beautiful sisters Cindi Snow and Amanda McKechnie (Logan’s daughters) came by and shared some of the wine with me!

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Me!

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After the show ended, I drove the long way around to our usual Thursday night dinner place and took some photos of the beautiful bay area around Long Beach I took along the way (when I was at stop signs).

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I arrived at the Naple’s Rib Company, along with about 20+ other dealers and friends! Sorry for the grainy photos, I didn't have the flash on!

Amanda, Cindi and me

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Bonnie (Albanese Coins) and friend

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Error dealer Jim Cauley and James Wright (coin dealer who also deals in signed guitars)

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Rich, Joe Wargo, and Logan McKechnie

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Roger and Todd Pollock

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Alan Rowe of Northern Nevada Coins

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Rick Snow, Tony Tumonis, and Matt Chapman

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My gal pal Nina of GreatCollections.com

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Leftovers for my hubby!

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On Friday morning before the public was let in, I caught Harry Miller “decorating” the floor photo of Miles Standish!

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I showed a dealer the 9-planchet bonded error in my case, and they showed me a very cool dramatic strike-thru error coin with the spring still retained in the coin!

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A hobo collector showed me these amazing intricately carved hobo pieces:

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And this is a photo of all the newps I bought at this show!

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My friend Shelley brought over this bottle of wine she had won in a bet as to who would win the U.S. Open! It also happened to be a BV Cab.

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A collector friend brought this wonderful late harvest Zinfandel to share with us!

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After the show on Friday, a group of us went across the street to one of our favorite chain restaurants – PF Changs. I love their food, and the evening was so beautiful we sat outside on the patio.

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This was the view from our table

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I have the Mongolian beef – and it was very yummy!

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An evening view from PF Changs looking across the street

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On Saturday morning, I took a few moments to see the memorabilia exhibits before the public was let in. Here’s a gorgeous bright orange 1965 Mustang that was on display. I love Mustangs - my very first car was a ’68 aqua colored California Special with the white racing strike, side scoops, and a spoiler on the back. I bought it in 1974 and paid $750 for it (it needed a new paint job). I finally sold it after I had my first son in 1986 for $3,500.

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Movie memorabilia

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Original Superman costume and movie set props

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Babe Ruth memorabilia

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Ty Cobb glove

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Beatles memorabilia

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Back at home – a gorgeous SoCal sunset set

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PCGS/Expos Unlimited is doing a great job promoting and improving the Long Beach show, and the tables were completely sold out. Also, the fall Long Beach show is usually a great show, at least for me. However, I spoke with several dealers on the last day and every one of them said that overall, traffic was unusually slow and they also agreed that it seemed more people were trying to sell coins than were buying. So I did as most other dealers did and bought a lot of coins to help boost sales at the upcoming shows!

And as an added special feature, I hope you don’t mind my sharing another milestone in our family. You may remember my older son Erik got married during the Baltimore show earlier this year. Well, three days before the Long Beach show, my other son Troy got married in Glendale. It was a fantastic day, everything went smoothly, and the bride and groom were glowing with happiness. His beautiful bride Nora is Armenian/Russian so they served the most amazing array of cultural dishes, and it kept coming all night long – not to mention the alcohol was also free flowing! The wedding was at 4pm, with the reception immediately following and lasting until around 2am! My hubby and I actually made it to 1am.

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The gorgeous bride and her beautiful sister Lina

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After the “I do’s”

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Me and my brothers, sister and 93-year old dad!

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Next up: The Las Vegas show at Palace Station this week (Sept 11-14), immediately followed by the Santa Clara show next week (Sept 18-21), then the Buena Park show (Oct. 5-6), and the PNNA Portland show (Oct 10-12), then of course the Baltimore show (Oct 29-Nov 1). Hope to see you at one of these shows!!


Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
President of Women in Numismatics

ThePennyLady.com
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Comments

  • BroadstruckBroadstruck Posts: 26,763 ✭✭✭✭
    The goblet shaped encased Indian cent is awesome! image

    The $50 Gold Buff hobo reverse threw me for a loop as it almost looks like a mint product image
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  • guitarwesguitarwes Posts: 9,090 ✭✭✭
    Great report as always. Thanks for taking us on your journeys.

    NICE 'Stang.

    I hope Miles has a sense of humor. image
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  • 123cents123cents Posts: 7,428 ✭✭✭
    Great report and photos!
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  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 18,069 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good folks, good time and good read! Lot's of familiar faces!!

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  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 5,399 ✭✭✭
    Great report, Charmy, and what a cool Dad!

    Dave
    Always looking for original, better date VF20-VF35 Barber quarters and halves, and a quality beer.
  • dbldie55dbldie55 Posts: 6,601 ✭✭✭
    Great report. Makes one feel like they were there.
    Collector and Researcher of Liberty Head Nickels. ANA LM-6053

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  • RealoneRealone Posts: 17,400 ✭✭✭
    A public service announcement:
    if you'all eat and drink like this and so often the following health problems are in your future:

    liver disease
    gallbladder disease
    digestive problems
    high blood pressure
    diabetes type 2
    high cholesterol
    gout
    weight issues
    and a host of others......just sayin since I have followed the op's posts from day one and have seen the pics and the same people eating the same foods/drink over and over again.
    Nice newps btw!
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  • hchcoinhchcoin Posts: 3,425 ✭✭✭✭
    Awesome report.
  • EXOJUNKIEEXOJUNKIE Posts: 861 ✭✭✭✭


    << <i>The goblet shaped encased Indian cent is awesome! image >>



    I agree. They are VERY scarce. I think I've seen a mere ONE for sale on eBay over the past 10+ years and it sold for $500+. Alan had (still has???) a small hoard of them as he basically cornered the market on them many years ago. Great job getting one!!! image
    I'm addicted to exonumia ... it is numismatic crack!

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  • gummibeargummibear Posts: 740 ✭✭✭
    Another wonderful report. Thanks for sharing your wonderful shows with us.

    Richard
  • Great report as usual. See you in Baltimore!
  • CMCARTCMCART Posts: 2,406 ✭✭✭
    Awesome report imageimage
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  • OldIndianNutKaseOldIndianNutKase Posts: 1,471 ✭✭✭✭
    Great report as usual, Charmy. I especially enjoyed all of the non-coin collectibles that you included. Sooooo much to collect, and life is soooooo short.

    Thanks.

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  • etexmikeetexmike Posts: 6,929 ✭✭✭
    Okay, now the show is official. image

    Thanks as always Charmy.


    Mike
  • thisnamztakenthisnamztaken Posts: 3,840 ✭✭✭
    Enjoyable report, as always. image


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  • Awesome report as always! I swear I don't know how you find the time to take as many pictures as you do. image

    See you in a few weeks, Charmy! image
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  • EagleEyeEagleEye Posts: 7,212 ✭✭✭✭
    Outstanding report!

    I loved seeing all the Beatles stuff! Yea, Yea, Yea!
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  • ms70ms70 Posts: 8,772 ✭✭✭✭
    Best report ever!
  • morgansforevermorgansforever Posts: 7,480 ✭✭✭
    Good stuff as always, the Hobo material is very intriguing, especially the $50 gold Buff image
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  • Thank you for sharing! It's always a pleasure to read you after action reports!
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  • MsMorrisineMsMorrisine Posts: 21,313 ✭✭✭✭
    Long Beach is an easy commute

    Excusing this, how does this LB compare with summer Whitman?

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  • MarkMark Posts: 3,113 ✭✭✭
    It's so much fun to look at your pictures. You have a few "regulars" who are in a lot of your pictures. After looking at them (and you) eating show after show, I feel that they are my friends as well as your friends. But I don't even know them!! image More seriously, thanks so much for all your efforts!
    Mark



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  • BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 2,415 ✭✭✭
    Thanks for the coverage. Really enjoyed the Beatles memorabilia as well as the Mustang. Wild color.
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  • curlycurly Posts: 2,930
    Thank you for doing this, Charmy. Another excellent report.
    Every man is a self made man.
  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 16,621 ✭✭✭✭
    theres some real good collectables in there charmy, wtg
  • ThePennyLadyThePennyLady Posts: 4,029 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks once again everyone! I too enjoyed looking at the Beatles and other memorabilia and am glad the show displays such fun and rare items.

    Broadstruck and Exo, believe me, I was very pleased that Alan let go of that goblet encasement. I had never seen one before and was very pleased to add it to my collection.

    MsMorrisine, I've never been to the summer Baltimore show so I can't speak to how it compares to Long Beach.

    Realone, just look away, look away, look away!

    Headed out to the Las Vegas show tomorrow - if I don't keel over from all the eating, drinking, gambling, and staying up past my bedtime, I'll take some photos for another report! image
    Charmy Harker - The Penny Lady®
    President of Women in Numismatics

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